The Canadian Screen Award for Best Makeup is an annual Canadian film award category, presented as part of the Genie Awards prior to 2012 and Canadian Screen Awards since 2012, to honour achievements by make-up artists in the Canadian film industry.
As the Canadian film industry was historically dominated by naturalistic films that rarely required very complex make-up work, the award was originally created as a special achievement award rather than a regular category. It was presented at the discretion of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television when it deemed a film's make-up work to be worthy of special recognition, and was awarded for the first time at the 11th Genie Awards in 1990 to recognize Jacques Lafleur and Pierre Saindon for their work in the film Cruising Bar, in which Michel Côté played four different characters. The award was next given at the 18th Genie Awards in 1997, again to Saindon for his work in Karmina.
Beginning with the 30th Genie Awards, the award has since been presented annually as a conventional category with a full advance shortlist of nominees.
Winners and nominees
11th Genie Awards
|Jacques Lafleur, Pierre Saindon||Cruising Bar|
18th Genie Awards
27th Genie Awards
|Nick Dudman||Beowulf & Grendel|
28th Genie Awards
|Stéphan Dupuis||Eastern Promises|
29th Genie Awards
|Adrien Morot, Réjean Goderre, Marifrance Guy, Bruno Gatien, Nathalie Trépanier||Cruising Bar 2|
30th Genie Awards
|Djina Caron, André Duval||The Master Key (Grande Ourse: La Clé des possibles)|
|Robbi O'Quinn, Leanne Morrison||You Might As Well Live|
|Djina Caron, Martin Rivest||Polytechnique|
|Diane Simard, Réjean Goderre||Love and Savagery|
|Micheline Trépanier, Linda Gordon||1981|
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